Bloody, bloody, bloody hell. That’s about as far as I can go without pulling out the harsh swears. The Martian VR Experience released today on the PlayStation Store for the premium price of $19.99/£15.99. You’d think that for those kinds of prices you’d get something that at least resembles value, wouldn’t you? Well you’d be wrong.
The Martian VR Experience is a clear example of publishers taking the piss out of early adopters who’re gagging for new games. They know that we’re sat around waiting for every release and that we’ll throw our money at the sheer idea of good games on PSVR. There have been a few examples of poorly-priced games for the PSVR since it released, but I’m pretty sure The Martian VR Experience is going to piss a lot of people off with its terrible value for money.
For your money and good will you get to “experience” Mark Watney’s struggle for survival. In the critically acclaimed book and movie, this lasted around four years. The game? You’ll be lucky to scratch half an hour out of it, and that’s if you cock it up like I did. There are some good ideas and there’s definitely a place for these kind of VR “experiences” that you’d otherwise never get the chance to play without the new technology. There’s massive potential here but it’s a shame to see it being pissed up a tree in the worst possible manner. I’d love to be able to get a taste of an upcoming movie with a VR experience. Do away with the crappy licensed games that follow blockbusters and give me VR experiences that put me there instead. There’s a huge opportunity and I’m confident that more and more movie studios and what not will invest in it.
However, if they’re to succeed then they need to be fairly priced and not insult the intelligence of the end-users. I understand that these things cost money to make and that the developers/publishers deserve to make some money off their product, but is this the right way to go about it? No. No, it’s not. To paraphrase the great Mark Watney – the first man to colonise Mars – fuck you, Fox. [Apologies for the swear, Chris sometimes gets a little emotional. We’ve given him some milk, he’ll be right as rain soon.]
I’ve played through the “experience” a couple of times now so I’ll be tapping out my review once I’ve stopped spamming Fox on Twitter. What? They kind of had it coming…
Have you played The Martian VR Experience on PSVR? Do you agree with what Chris is saying, or are you happy enough with your purchase? Rover on down to the comments section below.